Uncle Jed's Barbershop - E-Guide

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Grade Range: K-3

Setting: Segregated South, 1920s-1930s

Genre: Early Chapter Book, Historical

Page Count: 31 + Answer Key

Approximate Completion Time: 6 weeks



Uncle Jedediah is Sarah Jean's favorite relative. He visits once a week to cut her daddy's and granddaddy's hair, and pretends to cut Sarah's hair, putting good smelling lotion on the back of her neck. Uncle Jed has a dream that he shares with Sarah - Uncle Jed wants to open his own barbershop. Living in the South in the 1930s, this dream is regarded as impossible by his friends and relatives. Poor sharecroppers don't open their own businesses. Despite setbacks - from little Sarah's sickness, which only an expensive operation can cure, to the banks failing in the Great Depression just when he'd saved enough money - Uncle Jed never gives up. His admirable character and hard work to achieve his dream can inspire all of us to dream a dream - and then to work for it.

Additional Resource: Check out some of the songs from the award-winning musical adaptation, JED

Progeny Press' Uncle Jed's Barbershop English/Language Arts PDF curriculum will provide your Primary Elementary grade student(s) with:

Author and Illustrator Biographies: Learn about about Margaree King Mitchell, the insightful author of Uncle Jed's Barbershop, and James E. Ransome, the talented illustrator whose art brings the narrative to life..
Historical Background: Examine the historical context of the novel by delving into the challenges and triumphs of The Great Depression. Learn about the socio-economic landscape that forms the backdrop of the narrative.
Before-You-Read Activities: Prepare for your ELA study with engaging activities. Explore sharecropping, the significance of barbershops, and enhance your geographical understanding through mapping.
Vocabulary: Enrich your understanding of the novel through a variety of activities designed to stimulate retention and growth.
Literary Techniques: Discuss literary techniques employed by Mitchell, including in-context usage, character trait exploration, critical thinking exercises, and information analysis, particularly focusing on the theme of money.
Moral Lessons and Character Values: Look below surface comprehension and analyze the value of money, the comforting presence of God in our lives, the importance of hard work and perseverance, finding joy in life, pursuing one's dreams, trusting in God's good plans, advocating for equality and fairness, and engaging in a mystery word activity to deepen understanding.
Activities and Writing Assignments: Look at and complete a range of activities, from exploring cost comparisons and quilting to engaging in artistic endeavors, creating bookmarks, delving into the world of dogs and horses, expressing creativity through storytelling, conducting heritage interviews, and participating in a service project.
Suggestions for Further Reading:  Included is a detailed reading list of more books by the same author(s) and other books that tie in with, or are similar to, Uncle Jed's Barbershop by Margaree King Mitchell.

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